Mature Tree Height, Diameter:
50-100 ft , to 3 ft
Weight @ 12% M/C:
Moderately difficult to saw and machine due to hardness,
dulls cutting edges, tends to ride over cutters.
Pinkish brown to purple, texture medium to fine,
grain straight to slightly roey, luster low to medium, odor of roses.
Musical instruments, veneer, fine furniture, cabinetry,
brush backs, knife handles, and other specialty items.
"Tropical Timbers of the World", USDA Handbook #607, Sept. 1984, p. 67
Honduras Rosewood is the wood-of-choice for marimba keys.
The best marimbas are made rosewood, and the best-of-the-best
are made from quarter-sawn material. It is frequently used for a
number of other types of instruments due to its nearly perfect tonal qualities.